Specsavers Opticians in Market Street will be handing out promotional health information bags this week to mark National Eye Health Week.

One in five live with sight loss

A new report published by national charity Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Specsavers shows that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

Store director Sarah Burchett says the alarming new statistics show that every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK. Women, who tend to live longer, are at greater risk than men, with one in four women set to develop sight loss in their lifetime compared with one in eight men.

Sight most precious sense

‘Sight is the nation’s most precious sense by far,' Sarah says. 'Our survey showed that 10 times more people (78 per cent of people) said sight was the sense they fear losing most compared to the next most popular sense, smell (8 per cent), followed by hearing (7 per cent).

‘Worryingly, the survey shows that a quarter of people (23%) are ignoring the first signs of sight loss, despite not being able to see as well in the distance or close up as they used to, and have not sought advice from an optician or medical professional.’

Promoting health

Almost six million people in the UK currently live with sight-threatening conditions yet 25 per cent of people are not having an eye test every two years as recommended by the College of Optometrists. 

Sarah says: ‘All of our findings show there is a lot to be done to prevent avoidable sight loss and we will be promoting this messaging during National Eye Health Week.  We will be handing out promotional health information bags and anyone can also come into the store to collect one.’

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